Advantages of IORT for breast cancer
IORT gives more breast cancer patients the option to undergo nipple-sparing surgeries. This means they can receive the medical benefit of a full mastectomy, while leaving the nipple and areola fully intact.
Also, breast cancer patients who undergo IORT are potentially able to have another lumpectomy followed by radiation. This is a promising option for patients who have a recurrence, or if a new tumor develops in a different part of the breast.
A patient must be a surgical candidate in order to be eligible for breast cancer IORT. Also, this treatment is generally reserved for individuals with early stage disease.
During your IORT treatment, clinicians from a variety of supportive care services will work alongside you and your oncologists to reduce side effects and improve your quality of life.